NHL roundup: Avs rout Blackhawks in Rantanen’s return

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Joonas Donskoi and Nazem Kadri had two targets apiece, Mikko Rantanen had a purpose and three assists in his first recreation in additional than a month, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-Three in Denver on Saturday night time.

Nov 30, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche proper wing Joonas Donskoi (72) celebrates with goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) after the sport in opposition to the Chicago Blackhawks on the Pepsi Heart. Obligatory Credit score: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports activities

Nathan MacKinnon added a purpose and two assists, Tyson Jost additionally scored and Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 pictures for the Avalanche, who swept the back-to-back set in opposition to Chicago. Colorado gained 5-2 in Chicago on Friday night time.

Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Dominik Kubalik had targets, and Corey Crawford completed with 13 saves in aid of Robin Lehner for the Blackhawks, who performed with out defenseman Duncan Keith resulting from a groin damage.

Rantanen missed 16 video games with a lower-body damage sustained at St. Louis on Oct. 21. He sat out the third interval Saturday for what’s believed to be precautionary causes.

Flyers Four, Canadiens Three (OT)

Ivan Provorov’s close to end-to-end rush in time beyond regulation gave visiting Philadelphia a win over Montreal.

Provorov’s sixth purpose of the season gave Philadelphia its second time beyond regulation victory over the Canadiens this season, because the Flyers additionally wanted the additional body in a Three-2 end result over Montreal on Nov. 7.

The victory caps an excellent November for the Flyers, who led the NHL with 24 factors within the month by incomes factors in 14 of 16 video games (10-2-Four). The Flyers have gained 4 straight video games and are unbeaten (5-Zero-1) over their final six contests.

Islanders 2, Blue Jackets Zero

Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov mixed for 39 saves in a uncommon two-goalie shutout for host New York, who snapped a three-game shedding streak by beating Columbus.

Greiss made the primary 9 saves earlier than exiting for undisclosed causes with 5:54 left within the opening interval. The mixed shutout is the third in Islanders historical past and the primary since April Four, 1998. Greiss, who exited with a 1-Zero lead, is the primary Islanders goalie to ever earn a win after enjoying lower than one interval.

Anders Lee scored early within the first interval, and Mathew Barzal scored late within the second for the Islanders, who went Zero-2-1 on a three-game West Coast highway journey. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who’ve alternated wins with losses over the past six video games.

Sharks Four, Coyotes 2

Logan Couture scored two targets and Martin Jones completed with 21 saves as San Jose rallied from an early 2-Zero deficit to defeat Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

Dylan Gambrell and Timo Meier additionally scored targets and Tomas Hertl had two assists for San Jose, which tied a franchise document with 11 wins within the month of November. The Sharks additionally prolonged their NHL document of profitable when permitting two targets or much less to 45 video games.

Nick Schmaltz and Derek Stepan scored targets for Arizona, which had a nine-game level streak in opposition to Pacific Division groups snapped. Antti Raanta completed with 26 saves.

Capitals 5, Purple Wings 2

A battle between the perfect and worst groups within the NHL had the predictable end result, as Alex Ovechkin notched a hat trick and added an help to steer Washington previous host Detroit.

The Capitals lead the NHL with 43 factors and have gained 5 of their final seven video games. Detroit has a league-worst 17 factors and is winless in its final 9, together with seven straight regulation losses.

T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson additionally scored for the Capitals, and Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves. Robby Fabbri and Luke Glendening scored for the Purple Wings, and Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 pictures.

Blues 5, Penguins 2

St. Louis acquired third-period targets from Ivan Barbashev, Mackenzie MacEachern and Jaden Schwartz to win its third straight recreation, knocking off visiting Pittsburgh, which has misplaced two in a row.

Justin Faulk and Nathan Walker additionally scored for St. Louis, which is 5-1-1 in its previous seven. Jordan Binnington stopped 29 of 31 Penguins pictures.

Sam Lafferty and Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh, which misplaced its second straight. Matt Murray made 22 saves. The Penguins performed principally with 5 defensemen. Brian Dumoulin was helped off the ice within the first minute after St. Louis’ Zach Sanford fell on his proper leg as the 2 pursued the puck behind the Pittsburgh internet. There was no info on his standing.

Rangers Four, Devils Zero

Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Quick scored short-handed targets within the third interval and Alexandar Georgiev made 33 saves as New York blanked New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

The Rangers improved to Four-Zero-1 of their final 5 video games and 10-Four-2 of their final 16, with Zibanejad lacking a big quantity of that stretch with an upper-body damage. New York overcame being penalized for 34 minutes.

Zibanejad scored his second purpose since returning on Wednesday. Adam Fox and Brady Skjel additionally scored in Georgiev’s third profession shutout. Mackenzie Blackwood completed with 19 saves for New Jersey.

Hurricanes Three, Lightning 2

Sebastian Aho and Jaccob Slavin every had a purpose and an help and Carolina held off host Tampa Bay’s third-period rally to win for the primary time of their previous 10 journeys to Tampa.

Jordan Martinook additionally scored for Carolina, which snapped a two-game shedding streak, and Dougie Hamilton had two assists. Goaltender James Reimer made 36 saves.

Braydon Level and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, whose winless streak reached three video games (Zero-2-1). Curtis McElhinney stopped 21 of 24 pictures. The Lightning additionally had its 13-game level streak within the collection in opposition to Carolina snapped (11-Zero-2).

Flames Three, Senators 1

Elias Lindholm’s late third-period purpose, his first of two targets on the night time, got here simply after his staff noticed a lead disappear and proved to be the sport winner as host Calgary beat Ottawa in Calgary’s first recreation after coach Invoice Peters resigned.

Goaltender David Rittich made 26 saves for the Flames, who recorded the 1,000th house victory in franchise historical past.

Peters resigned after investigations started relating to claims that he directed a racial slur at a participant whereas teaching within the minors and in addition kicked certainly one of his gamers whereas teaching the Carolina Hurricanes a few seasons in the past. Saturday was Geoff Ward’s first official recreation because the Flames’ interim coach.

Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 1 (OT)

John Tavares scored his 10th purpose of the season at 1:45 of time beyond regulation, and host Toronto defeated Buffalo, its fourth win in 5 video games underneath new coach Sheldon Keefe.

Tavares scored on a wrist shot from the left facet on a go from Kasperi Kapanen. William Nylander additionally scored for Toronto, whereas Frederik Andersen made 29 saves.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo, and Carter Hutton stopped 41 pictures. The Sabres gained the primary recreation of the back-to-back set 6-Four Friday afternoon in Buffalo.

Panthers Three, Predators Zero

Chris Driedger earned a shutout in his first NHL begin, and defenseman Anton Stralman scored twice, main host Florida to a win over Nashville.

Heart Aleksander Barkov additionally scored for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game shedding streak. The win marked a profitable begin to Florida’s nine-game homestand.

Driedger made 27 saves in his fourth NHL look and his first since Oct. 28, 2016. The 25-year-old Driedger — the Ottawa Senators’ third-round decide in 2012 — earned this chance due to his stellar statistics within the American Hockey League this season — a 2.09 goals-against common and a .938 save proportion.

Kings 2, Jets 1

Joakim Ryan and Nikolai Prokhorkin scored first-period targets as Los Angeles began quick and held on for a victory over Winnipeg to set a franchise document for house victories in November.

Jack Campbell made 33 saves because the Kings gained for the seventh time at house within the month, however the success was neutralized by an Zero-Four-1 document on the highway. Campbell made a point-blank save on Mark Scheifele as time expired.

Jack Roslovic scored a third-period purpose for the Jets, who have been unable to finish the comeback. Winnipeg went 10-Three-1 in November and needed to accept matching a franchise document for victories in a single month.

Canucks 5, Oilers 2

Tanner Pearson scored twice in a four-point recreation whereas Loui Eriksson scored his first purpose of the season as Vancouver collected a highway victory over Edmonton.

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Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves, whereas Bo Horvat netted three assists for the Canucks, who snapped a two-game shedding streak. The golf equipment meet once more Sunday night time within the second half of a home-and-home collection.

The victory got here at a value for Vancouver, as defenseman Alex Edler suffered an upper-body damage within the second interval.

—Subject Degree Media